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François, whereon fhe lived very creditably, and found means C H A P . IV. out of its profits to educate her fon at Paris, and even to fupport him there in fome degree of affluence, after he had obtained the age of manhood. His reputed father, a white planter of fome account, had been dead feveral years. OGÉ had been introduced to the meetings of the Amis des Noirs, under the patronage of Gregoire, Briffot (h), La Fayette, and Robefpierre (i), the leading members of that fociety ; and was by them initiated into the popular doctrine of equality, and the rights of man. Here it was that he firft learnt the miferies of his condition, the cruel wrongs and contumelies to which he and all his mulatto brethren were expofed in the Weft Indies, and the monftrous injuftice and abfurdity of that prejudice, " which, (raid Gregoire) eftimating a man's merit by the colour '' of his fkin, has placed at an immenfe diftance from each other " the children of the fame parent; a prejudice which ftifles the '' voice of nature, and breaks the bands of fraternity afunder." T H A T thefe are great evils muft be frankly admitted, and it would have been fortunate if fuch men as Briffot and Gregoire, inftead of bewailing their exiftence-and magnifying their extent, had applied their talents in confidering of the best practicable means of redrefting them. BUT thefe perfons had other objects in view :—their aim, as I have fhewn,was not to reform, but to deftroy; to excite con(h) Guillotined 31 October, 1793.

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An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

An historical survey of the french colony in the island of St. Domingo comprehending a short account  

Auteur. Edwards, B. / Ouvrage patrimonial de la Bibliothèque numérique Manioc. Service commun de la documentation, Université des Antilles e...

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